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    March 28, 2011
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moammar gadhafi's hometown today, as president obama gets ready to address the nation, explaining the u.s. action in libya. good afternoon, i'm pat lawson muse. >> and i'm wendy rieger sitting in for jim handly. president obama addresses the nation tonight on the latest in libya, and his main message will be reassurance that the u.s. role will be limited. but the president is under pressure to justify his intervention there, and to spell out just how soon u.s. forces can disengage. steve handelsman has the latest on the speech and the war from the white house. >> reporter: president obama today on univision, spanish language tv, previewed what he'll promise the nation about libya. >> our involvement there is going to be limited. both in time and in scope. >> reporter: that looks more likely today. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: libyan rebels are advancing, libyan civilians are safer. it's a dramatic turn-around because of the u.s. and our
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allies. moammar gadhafi's heavy weapons are being destroyed by coalition pilots. and the air attack that was run by the u.s. will be commanded by nato, an obama diplomatic win. but many in congress warn president obama not to send u.s. ground troops to depose gadhafi, who is said to be in this car today. >> yes, we want him out. no, we don't want to do it at the enormous cost of military invasion. >> reporter: the president has to justify taking sides in what some see as a civil war. >> what is our mission in libya? what's at stake there? why are we in now a third engagement in the middle east? >> reporter: lawmakers wanted a role in advance of the air war. >> a debate as to why this was in our vital interest before we committed military forces to libya. >> reporter: defense secretary gates admitted on "meet the press" libya's not fighting. >> no, i don't think it's of vital interest for the united states, but we clearly have interest there, and it's a part of the region which is of vital
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interest for the united states. >> reporter: a region in chaos, uprisings in egypt, syria, bahrain, jordan. might the u.s. commit the military elsewhere? libya has already cost about $1 billion with no clear end in sight. tonight, some u.s. naval vessels are reported to be pulling out of the mediterranean. tomorrow, u.s. allies meet about libya. the plan is to put pressure on gadhafi to call it quits and leave. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, at the white house. >> and you can watch president obama's address here on nbc 4. it will start at 7:30 anymore in japan, there are new worries today about growing contamination at that earthquake-damaged nuclear complex. alarmingly high levels of radiation have turned up there, not only in the water that has flooded the plant, but also in the soil and sea water just off the japanese coast. the contamination is believed to be the result of a partial meltdown at the plant's core, following the earthquake and tsunami march 11th. aftershocks shook the region
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again this morning. this time, measuring 6.5 on the richter scale. and in tokyo, the cherry blossom season kicked off today with meteorologists giving the official go ahead to spring. these are cherry trees at tokyo's yasukuni shrine. each year, the flowering of the trees is used by the meteorology observatory to hail the beginning of the flower season. this year's cherry tree blossoming started six days later than last year. it will take another week before the flowers are in full bloom, offering a dazzling spectacle that has been a worldwide vision. about a tablespoon of snow fell on the cherry blossoms over the weekend at the tidal basin. >> about that, veronica. and today it's really cold. >> yeah, really cold and just wait until tonight. but you're right, those cherry blossoms are beautiful to photograph anywhere you are. gorgeous, gorgeous blossom
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there. yes, we picked up a spoonful of snow over the weekend. and in fact at dulles, 1/10 of an inch beat out a trace, a new record for sunday. it was right around a quarter of an inch at reagan national. now sunshine. we had the cloud cover in the early part of the day as a low pressure system passed to the south of our area. but look at the temperatures. that really is the big story from this morning. 23 degrees to start at mt. erie, maryland, frederick county. you folks in olney, montgomery county, 26 degrees. herndin at 26, and landover, awfully cold to start. a cold start for the day tomorrow, but in fact tomorrow likely to be the best day out of the workweek. say bye-bye to that little low pressure system that brought the clouds to the area. so as we clear out, temperatures are really going to drop, probably down to the low and mid 30s by the time we get to midnight. there's a look at your good night forecast, already into the 30s by 9:00 p.m.
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so on our fast forecast, definitely a cold night ahead for everyone. we're going to be a tad warmer tomorrow, and in fact, it's going to look pretty nice, too. winter, however, is still teasing us. so not only do i have some rain showers to talk about, but something else, too, that's going to try and mix in with that rain through parts of the workweek, at least at the tail end. wendy? >> thanks, veronica. it was a violent night in prince george's county. police are investigating three separate shootings, two of them deadly. in one case, a man was shot and killed at a gas station on central avenue. as tracee wilkins explains, police hope surveillance video from that station may help find the suspects. >> reporter: 20-year-old brian cooper was shot and killed after 3:00 a.m. at the shell gas station at richie road and central avenue in capital heights. quite a few 911 calls came into prince george's police reporting a drive-by at the station. according to the owner, part of
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the incident was captured on these surveillance cameras. >> it looked like one car pulled up, they got out, about four of them. and came up to the window, the store is closed at that time. came up to the window, and then another car came up and made a u-turn at the pumps, and the police think that was the car that did the shooting. >> i got a call from my sister that someone said that my nephew had been shot. >> reporter: according to cooper's family, he was leaving the msg club a few blocks away from the gas station. members of cooper's family say the 20-year-old father of a 2-year-old son is an unlikely target. >> bryant was a very fun, outgoing young man. a great father. a humble young man. we really don't know why someone would just try to shoot him. >> reporter: police say there were several customers at the gas station at the time of the shooting. they have all been questioned,
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and are cooperating with police. >> we are talking to witnesses, trying to get a better account of what happened. we're also investigating videotape to see if there is any activity that the tape could have picked up that would give us any type of motive or suspect information. >> reporter: according to cooper's family, detectives are telling them that they're investigating this as a possible random act of violence, maybe a drive-by. family members say they're concerned about that, because according to the doctors at the hospital, cooper was shot at point blank range. in prince george's county, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. >> police are also looking for suspects in the shooting death of a domino's delivery driver in seat pleasant. they say he was shot in the chest of 6800 block of seat pleasant drive. investigators believe the motive was robbery. the robbers only got $13. family members have identified the victim as 38-year-old paul bennett. they say he was getting ready to celebrate his son's first
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birthday this weekend. news4's pat collins talked to the victim's girlfriend and mother. that part of the story is coming up at 5:00. the next time you hop into a cab in the district, it's going to cost you more. starting today, all cab rides in d.c. will include a $1 fuel surcharge. the fee is added to help offset rising prices at the gas pump. the executive order signed by mayor gray allows cab drivers to charge the extra fee until july 25th. the surcharge applies only to cab rides that both start and end in the district. >> some welcome news today for air travelers. the latest attempt to raise fares has failed. united, continental, american and delta air lines all added $10 to their round trip fares this month. but the other airlines followed suit. analysts say it raises questions about how much consumers are willing to pay to travel. more people are signing on the dotted line to buy a house.
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but analysts say it's still not enough to signal a rebound in the housing market. the number of signs sales agreements for existing homes rose 2.1% in february. that's according to the national association of realtors. sales were up in every region, except the northeast, where pending sales actually fell nearly 11%. contract signings are usually a good indicator of where the housing market is heading. >> and it is a monday afternoon, and we're going to see how those cars are moving. let's check in with ashley lynnder who says there are delays in montgomery county at this point. >> yes, ma'am, you hit the 2345i8 on the head with that one. fortunately, right now, no major accidents, because we just cleared one on the outer loop, arlington boulevard. outer loop looks fine, this is where the delays begin, and it's going to be heavy inner loop through bethesda into silver spring. your lanes are open. but let's dive into those outer loop delays. just after river road as you make your approach to seven
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locks, you're in the thick of it. it is heavy and steady across the american legion into virginia. as i mentioned, though, the accident that caused the delays has been cleared, but they're solid towards 50, arlington boulevard. now, other side of the beltway, ride open. route 4, you're at speed there. we had another major accident on the outer loop by 50 on the other side of the beltway. that too has been cleared. this is the pace past kennel worth avenue where you're full steam ahead towards college park. wendy, back to you. >> all right, ashley, thanks so much. facebook is resisting a demand from israel to remove a fan page that calls for an armed uprising by palestinians. it's it has more than 340,000 fans and calls to palestinians to take off the streets after friday prayers may 15th. the israeli government says this page incites violence. and facebook says the page has
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not breached the boundaries of acceptable speech and will not be removed. but facebook says it is monitoring that page. >> a private funeral for geraldine ferraro is set for thursday morning in new york city. ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket. democrat walter mondale chose her for the 1984 election. ferraro died saturday from a form of blood cancer. she was 75. her funeral will take place at a catholic church on manhattan's upper east side. news4 at 4:00 is just getting started. prince william pulls a fast one on the paparazzi. already has his bachelor party behind him. a mistake on the stand could help amanda knox's appeal. and why
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those sly royal brothers. they've outfoxed the paparazzi. prince harry threw prince william a bachelor bash, and the press got nary a picture. >> palace officials would only confirm today that it had taken place, past tense. the stag party was thrown by best man, prince harry. the prince had about 20 friends, possibly at an estate owned by one of the father of one of the guests. all of the guests were sworn to silence. the last bash was three years ago for william's cousin, and the press reported tales of drunken escapades and a picture
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of an exposed royal posterior. so next up is kate middleton's bachelorette party, or hen party, as they call them over there, which is reportedly being thrown by her sister. one paper reports it will be a dirty dancing themed party at a home in buckleberry, england. >> each day another detail slips out. palace officials say prince william and kate middleton chose a multitier traditional fruit cake decorated with cream and white icing. the main cake will be a fruity floral master work designed with input from middleton. prince william will also get his childhood favorite, chocolate biscuit cake, made from a royal family recipe. prince william and kate will get matter april 29th. we'll be in london for the event and you can see special reports every friday at 5:00 heeding up to the big day. and then her reports all week live from london.
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>> should be a fun time. >> we're sure it will be. the son of the late senator edward kennedy is engaged to be married. >> former congressman patrick kennedy is engaged to a sixth grade school teacher, amy pettigrew. they have been living together in new jersey. kennedy is a 43-year-old bachelor, and amy has a daughter from a previous marriage. no date has been set. and reese witherspoon married hollywood agent jim toth. the oscar winning actress and toth engaged in december. reese was married to phillipe and has two kids from that marriage. american college student amanda knox spent the weekend in an italian courtroom. >> knocks is appealing her murder conviction. she was found guilty of murdering her british roommate.
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keith miller has details from italy. >> reporter: the key prosecution witness, currently serving time in prison for drug dealing, stood by his story that he saw knox and her former boyfriend near the scene of the crime at the time knox's roommate, meredith kercher was murdered and violently sexually assaulted. but he got his dates wrong, saying he saw students dressed in costumes. that was on halloween, the night before the murder occurred. asked by the judge if he was on drugs that night, the witness admitted he was a heroin addict, but was not hallucinating. >> his testimony was contradictory, and was soundly repudiated by six independent witnesses. >> reporter: italian media reports say the independent experts looking at the dna evidence found insufficient material to test on the alleged murder weapon. and the dna on a bloody bra clasp too damaged to evaluate. all along, the defense has
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claimed that the dna used to convict knox was faulty or contaminated. but here, all eyes are on that leaked dna report. judicial sources say that they would describe it as nothing less than dramatic. but we won't know the details until the next court session in may. keith miller, nbc news, peruga. friends and family of murdered tv percentnality dj mega tron say they cannot figure out why anyone would have shot him. megatron was found shot to death in his staten island home yesterday. he hosted segments for b.e.t.'s "106 & park." megatron was 32 years old, and no arrests have been made. bret michaels is suing cbs and the organizers of the tony awards. michaels is the front man for the rock group "poison." two years ago, the group had just finished a performance on the tony awards when michael's
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was injured in an accident on the set. he says the head injury he suffered contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him and he continues to be affected by it today. in the suit, his attorney says michaels was able to survive the trauma, only because of, in their words, his sheer will to live to see his children grow up. cbs has declined to comment. still ahead, the white house reveals the details about next month's easter egg roll. >> i have two little girls, and i would never purchase this despicable garbage for my child, nor should any other parent. >> pushing the limits. a bikini top that gives cleavage to girls, so young they don't even wear bras yet. the retailer at the center of a firestorm coming up at 4:45. be sure to follow news4 online. search nbc washington on facebook and twitter. i am a sneeze whisperer.
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we got a sneak peek today at the official souvenir eggs for this year's white house easter egg roll. the eggs are made of sustainable wood, and they come in four colors, purple, yellow, green and pink. they also include the stamped
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signatures of the president and first lady. the eggs will be given to all of the kids who attend the easter egg roll on monday, april 25th. but they can also be purchased online at easter.nationalparks.org. >> that's the idea. you collect a whole bunch and put them in a basket. easter comes around and you put it out. look at my eggs. >> certainly a delight for kids. >> i remember going to the white house easter egg roll years ago, and it was one of those rainy, cold springs we had. >> lovely. >> it was. >> well, guess what? this might be, too. >> brutabrutal. frchlts this pattern conditions, which it looks as though it's leaning more toward the chillier, below average side for the rest of march and probably part of april, too. >> oh, no. >> so i'm not talking about freezing every day or every morning, but definitely, you know, below the average. >> chilly and dreary. >> yeah. so as far as today goes, at least we've broken out with some sunshine across the area. pretty nice blue sky right now. just a few clouds hanging on to
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the south of the area. but wait until you see tomorrow's forecast. we're at 45 degrees right now. look at how dry the air is here. dew point just at 11 degrees, 25% relative humidity with a northwest wind at 12 miles per hour. again, just a little bit of precipitation around the area early sunday morning. it's 44 in hagerstown right now, 45 degrees around mclean, culpepper and happrappahannock charlottesville. there are the clouds from this morning and they have made their way south and east. the reason we had those clouds this morning and a little bit of precipitation that was showing up on radar was because of the low pressure system passing right through the carolinas and it's now off the coast, we've got a northwest wind so not only have we gotten a chance to dry out and clear up areas up in pennsylvania and new york, too and to the south, even in north carolina, and kentucky and tennessee. what that means, then, without the clouds, aull of the warmth s
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going to radiate back out and be plenty cold tonight, a couple degrees colder, lower than last nichlt 32 in buffalo. 38 in detroit. that cold air comes over us and we're talking about temperatures tonight in the 20s. so here's your future cast. low pressure off the coast, clear sky, sunshine throughout the day tomorrow. high pressure coming in, and chilly for wednesday, a mostly cloudy sky for wednesday. and we're even talking about on wednesday the possibility of not only some light rain showers, but maybe even some light, wet snowflakes, just to the west of the area. kind of like what we had, you know, on sunday. so not a big deal. but it will be staying wet as we go through thursday and even friday. here's a look at your evening draft. continued clearing, we dropped from 43 to 37. sun sets at 7:28 by tomorrow morning. definitely a cold start. in fact, i'm calling it quite cold for where we would typically be with averages. 29 degrees to 20 degrees in the far northern and western suburbs.
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sunshine tomorrow, a tad warmer, but still stuck in early march. so the average high for early march is 50 degrees. for late march, 61. we're never going to come close to that this week. but at least tomorrow i think is going to be the best day out of the workweek. so enjoy it. wednesday, a chance for not only rain, but wet snow. and you see we're wet for thursday, wet for friday. we are going to take a look at the weekend, because next weekend is looking pretty darn nice. >> okay. we need it. >> yes. >> especially after that wednesday, that nasty little wednesday. >> the ray of sunshine in your forecast. thank you. >> you bet. still it come, a woman faces new charges following an all-out rampage at a fast food restaurant. also ahead, details on the largest job discrimination case in history as it goes before the supreme court. it's the little things in life that make me smile.
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domino's delivery driver. they say he was shot in the chest last night in seat pleasant. investigators believe the motive was robbery. the guys got away with just $13 in cash. we'll have much more and a live report at the top of the hour. workers in japan have discovered new pools of radioactive water at a crippled nuclear complex. hi higher levels of radiation were also detected in the soil and sea water near the plant. it's raising concerns that radioactivity at the reactor is soaring. another strong aftershock, meanwhile, rattled that region again today. some good news about the economy, but not good enough to keep the stock market out of the red. the dow ended the day 23 points lower, closing at 12,197. the nasdaq down 12 points, and is the s&p 500 off 4 points on this monday. tomorrow, the spreebt will hear the largest job discrimination case in american history. more than 1 million women are suing walmart, saying the
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company discriminated against them in pay and promotions. kristen dahlgren explains the details of the case from capitol hill. >> reporter: the plaintiffs are people like christine, who says she once asked a supervisor at walmart-owned sam's club what she should do to get promoted. >> i was told i need to blow the cobwebs off my makeup and doll up. >> reporter: so they are suing walmart in the biggest class action suit ever, as many as 1.5 million complain aunts. tuesday, the supreme court will hear arguments on whether so many makes it difficult for walmart to fight. >> that's one of the questions before the supreme court, in which way will this lawsuit be more manageable? to make individual claimants bring individual suits, or to join them all together? >> reporter: lead plaintiff betty dukes, who still works at walmart, says there is no way they could have fought this individually. the difference of pay between men and women only amounts to
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1,000 bucks per person, per year. >> economically, we don't have the resources individually as to take on walmart. >> reporter: but the retail giant claims it's impossible to prove the women were all in the same circumstances. while they defend their treatment of employees. >> well mart has had strong policies against discrimination in place long before the lawsuit was filed. >> reporter: a lawsuit that businesses and workers everywhere are now watching closely. legal experts say this court doesn't often find in favor of class action, but there are now three women on the court, a decision is expected sometime by late june. on capitol hill, i'm kristen dahlgren, news4. >> volkswagen of america is recalling 71,000 2011 jet at thats. they need to reconfigure the wiring connected to the horn. they have not received any reports of accidents and owners of the effected vehicles will be notified by mail. a new study shows that going
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through full-body airport scanners does not pose a significant radiation risk. researchers at the university of california san francisco estimated the potential risks for frequent travelers. they found that for 750 million flights taken by 100 million passengers, 6 cancers could be linked to airport screeners. according to the report, a passenger would have to go through the scanner 50 times to get the same amount of radiation exposure as they would get in one dental x-ray. a food fight at a fast food restaurant led to a felony charge. this youtube video of the scene has scored hundreds of thousands of hits. it's a burger king employee in florida who told police the customer was complaining about her order and suddenly started hitting them and throwing things at them. and at one point, she jumped on to the counter and hit an employee with a large container. customers 31 years old, she is charged with felony criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, battery, and resisting arrest.
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>> from the first four to the final four, virginia commonwealth university is celebrating a milestone. the vcu rams beat the kansas jayhawks yesterday to become just the third 11th seed team to ever make the final four. the celebrations lasted for hours. fans rushed into the streets after the game to show their excitement. the team then arrived home to a cheering crowd of about 5,000. vcu will play butler on saturday in houston for a chance to win the championship. new york state workers are the lucky ones. they own the $319 million mega millions jackpot winning ticket. seven workers bought the ticket at a convenience store a few blocks from the state capitol in albany. the winners can take the top prize as a $203 million lump sum or huge payments over the next 25 years. >> a lovely problem to have. to have to decide. >> either/or. there is more to come on
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more than half of d.c. residents are obese. >> and that rate is creeping closer to 75% in certain wards. so the city is doing something about it. d.c.'s department of health has launched a new effort to create a culture of health at schools, workplaces and homes. it includes a campaign to
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recruit community coaches in each ward. to promote physical activity. mayor vincent gray, who will serve as the citywide community coach says preventing obesity can also prevent other associated health problems. and frankly, when you look at our city, we're not so healthy. and the further east you move, the more -- the higher the incidence you find of hypertension, of canner, of diabetes. you name the condition, and we are often off the scale in the district of columbia. >> the obesity action plan will also include doctor visits to d.c. schools and adding wellness contracts to city jobs. the kids' cable network, nickelodeon, has launched a new campaign to stomp out bullying. the public service campaign starts today, featuring stars from the network's hit shows. the spots offer kids advice on what to do if they receive hostile texts, e-mails, facebook posts. nickelodeon is the most-watched tv network among kids ages 2 to
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14. tonight on nbc washington, my conversation with charles dutton on "daily connection". >> at 7:00, i'll join dan hellie for "daily connection." charles dutton is here, you may know him from rock, but now he is bringing his personal story to the stage. later at 9:00 p.m., "nonstop foodies d.c.," the sliz of pizza the first lady can't get enough . and at 9:30, getting up close and personal with some larger than life turtles. it all starts at 7:00 on nbc washington nonstop. >> when news4 at 4:00 returns, push-up bras for young girls. are they too racy? abercrombie & fitch created a firestone. plus, twisters caught on tape over the weekend as it wreaks havoc in the south.
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storms and this tornado caught on tape roared through southwest georgia over the weekend. several homes and other buildings were damaged. one mobile home was wrapped around a tree. the only injuries were minor, however. a family that's lived in that area for decades says they have never seen a storm so powerful. >> yeah, they've had a lot of severe weather down south, and there will be more severe
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weather from texas to southern alabama tomorrow. a lot of those storms passing down to the south. some of them coming close enough to hit the cold air, and give us like what we had on sunday. >> so we're going to be getting more -- not necessarily snow, but rain? >> rain and a cold rain or a chilly rain, whichever way you want to look at it. i look at it as a cold rain, especially when it comes in, in the morning with temperatures in the 30s. and still talking about this pattern for at least the rest of march and political april. i know some folks don't like it. it's looking as though temperatures will be below average, you know, kind of here and there and where it makes you kind of say, oh, come on, spring, bring it on and stay with us, please. 45 is the temperature right now. mostly clear sty sky, northwest wind at 12 miles per hour. a little breeze. for me, it was coat weather today. 50 now in culpepper, charlottesville at 51 degrees. other neighborhoods throughout the area, clarksburg, you're at 45. same thing in chantilly and brandywine at 45 degrees, as is
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shaw. look at that big batch of rain that went through north carolina and even some rain and wet snow that went through southern virginia. what's next, a clear sky and a cold night. we dropped down to 29 to 30 degrees 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. a clear sky, that means some very low temperatures throughout a large portion of the area. frederick up north, northern loudoun county, montgomery county probably dipping to 23 to 24 degrees, lower than today. lots of sunshine tomorrow, and i can't advertise this enough. tomorrow at 53 will be the best day out of the workweek. here's wednesday. tomorrow we get the sunshine, wednesday, 7:00 a.m. this i think is kind of overdone, our computer model, really going to be light rain and maybe wet snowflakes mixed together that come through the area on wednesday. but i'm keeping our temperatures definitely in the 30s. upper 30s to right near 40 degrees for wednesday. so rather nasty. thursday, even more rain coming into the area, probably even some moderate rain for thursday evening and thursday night. and then friday wet too.
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so that's the next four days from low 50s to 40 to about mid who 40s. but the weekend, so this is what is going to get us through the tail end of the week, some sunshine saturday and sunday, with highs in the mid 50s. next chance of rain doesn't look as though it's going to come back to the area until maybe sunday night. and that means that then monday this time could be wet again with some more rain showers. >> all right. we'll just hang on. we'll take the ride. >> our weather has been i guess worse than the stock market in some ways. with all of the ups and downs. >> we're not losing money. when it rains, we're not losing money. >> i know. >> so we'll let the weather go to heck. i don't care. >> not losing money, just -- >> exactly. hey, abercrombie & fitch is under fire over a bathing suit it is market to go little girls, 7-year-old girls. it features a padded push-up
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bikini top. >> reaction has been pretty much unanimous. nbc's tamron hall has the story. >> reporter: skin sells. and thanks to racy marketing, abercrombie & fitch has built a retailing empire on it. >> i don't think it's appropriate. >> reporter: but the retailers' new bikini top is a push-up that's inciting a whole lot of push back. >> i think a push up for a child is ridiculous. >> reporter: it's called the ashley, part of the spring line. the bikini with breast padding is made for girls as young as 7 years old. >> i have two girls, and i would never purchase this despicable garbage for my child, nor should any other parent. it is completely sending the wrong message to your daughter. a second grader does not need a padded bikini top. >> reporter: some experts agree, and warn it's just too sexy too soon. >> it gets young girls to think about themselves in sexual ways before it's developmentally appropriate. >> reporter: this is hardly the
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first time abercrombie & fitch has been taken to task. their ads often show more flesh than fabric, and the company has got a history of young models in r-rated poses. their provocative a & f quarterly was compared to soft porn. it was pulled from stores in 2003. a 2002 thong line for young girls ages 7 to 14 caused an outcry, and the line was removed. and in 2005, a boycott called a girlcot was staged over a t-shirt line with slogans like "anatomy tutor." >> we decided enough is enough and to do something about this. >> reporter: the company took the tees off store shelves. but despite this latest up year, not every parent we have talked to is concerned. >> if we don't make such a big deal about it, first of all, these little girls won't even know what they are. they won't know. we're making such a big deal about it. parents make such a big deal about it. if you don't like it, don't buy
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it. >> reporter: since the controversy erupted, abercrombie has changed the swim top name from the push-up triangle to the striped triangle. the company also dropped the price and the word "padded" from the description. >> the parents that are buying these horrifying items are actually the ones to blame here, not abeer krom bee and fitch. >> now, we should note that the abercrombie kids' line is designed for children between the ages of 7 and 14, and nbc news contacted the company for comment. the company declined. a british couple decided to recreate a few of those cliche romance covers for national women's month, which is celebrated every march. >> alex holder says she thought a tongue in cheek recreation was the perfect way to celebrate the day. she and her boy friend mimicked several mills and boons classics like master of the mash lands. >> the couple found replicas of the clothes. the only real difference from the real book covers, boyfriend ross neil's beard.
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>> she painted the back drops herself, and a photographer friend helped her capture the moment. and there you have it. we were waiting for something. okay. there we go. >> their celebration. coming up, home run slugger barry bonds, his former mistress took the stand today. details coming up. and a sex scandal involving an heir to a huge, well-known company. coming up, a virtual vampire is thrown behind bars, facing a stiff sentence for trying to meet a teenager he met online. feeling blue? facebook may be to blame. pediatricians are being told to ask young patients about their social networking accounts. imagine using your microwave to grill, griddle, microwave and toast. the tasty wave.nnd3d3d3d5r9úk
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starting today, there's a magazine that focuses on the military's pending repeal of don't ask, don't tell. a support group for gay military service members created this online magazine, an active duty air force officer is the co director of outserve. it says the group will make printed copies of the magazine in may. the group's co director uses a sued anymore. he says he's gay and still has concerns about whether he would be discharged before the policy change is implemented. a jury is hearing graphic testimony today in the perjury
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trial of baseball home run king barry bonds. bonds' former mistress appeared on the stand today. she described physical and emotional changes that she says bonds experienced during their nine-year relationship. she also said he told her that he used steroids. bonds is accused of lying to a grand jury about whether he ever used any performance-enhancing drugs. still ahead, new details on the changes or charges that an heir to the s.c. johnson foundation is facing in court. follow news4 online. search nbc washington on facebook and twitter.
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a sex abuse scandal has rocked one of the nation's most successful families. >> one of the billionaire heirs to the s.c. johnson household products fortune is charged in a case involving one of his own family members. nbc's john yang has the story. >> reporter: samuel curtis johnson iii, a billionaire who's name is synonymous with squeaky-clean households is in court to face charges that he sexually abused his stepdaughter for more than three years. >> we reviewed the evidence, made a determination as to
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whether or not we believe we can prove the case beyond all reasonable doubt and made a charging determination. he has been treated the same as everyone else. >> reporter: johnson, known as curt, is yet to enter a plea. he and his attorneys have refused comment. the criminal complaint says johnson's stepdaughter, now 15, told investigators there was a touching problem with him, and that curt has a sex addiction. she told investigators her stepfather would use his hands to touch her private parts, breasts and buttocks under her clothes. she estimated there were between 15 and 20 instances of abuse since the summer of 2007 before she final had he told her mother to protect her younger sisters. johnson is worth an estimated $2 billion. though he had run a separate family company since the 1990s, he is part of the fifth generation of johnsons to own and run the maker of such household products and household names as windex, draino and
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pledge. >> s.c. johnson, a family company. >> this is a personal matter for curt johnson. it has absolutely no bearing on s.c. johnson. >> reporter: company chairman herbert johnson iii told us, i love my brother, the news of hes claims has been very devastating. >> and that's news4 at 4:00. >> news4 at 5:00 starts right now. >> you're watching nbc 4:00, washington's news leader. now, live in hd, this is news4 at 5:00. tonight on news4 at 5:00, a man caught in a virtual world of vampires is forced to face reality, and he could be facing jail time after a phony romance with a 14-year-old gamer. contamination concerns. traces of radioactivity found in our rain water weeks after the disaster in japan. why health officials say there is no reason to be alarmed.
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we now know why sulaimon brown was removed from his $110,000 job in d.c. but there are still questions about how he got hired in the first place. and good evening. i'm wendy rieger. >> i'm pat lawson muse, sitting in for jim handly, who is off tonight. we begin with a string of violence in prince george's county. there were three shootings overnight, two were deadly. in one case, a pizza delivery driver was gunned down for just $13. news4's pat collins is live at the scene with reaction from the victim's family. pat? >> pat, a delivery man killed over a pizza, an order of chicken wings, and $13 in cash. the victim, the father of a young boy. >> it's very terrible and tragic. and my son does not have a father. he didn't get to see his son turn 1 on friday, and he was looking forward to it. it was his first child. >> reporter:

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